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Filipinos are angry over death of 3-month-old baby separated from jailed mother

A three-month-old baby died after being separated from her jailed mother despite pleas to keep the pair together has shocked the Philippines. Reina Mae Nasino, a human rights worker, didn’t know she was pregnant when she was arrested last year in Manila. It was only during a medical examination in prison that the 23-year-old found […]

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27 million people placed under lockdown in Philippines amid surge in new coronavirus infections

Over 27 million people in the Philippines were put back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse. Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon have been placed under lockdown for two weeks. The stay at home orders were only lifted in […]

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Philippines capital region of Metro Manila relaxes 76-day lockdown

The Philippines’ capital region of Metro Manila has emerged from a lockdown that began in mid-March – longer even than the 76-day quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year. Manila has moved into a state of general community quarantine (GCQ), which will allow more people to return to work, […]

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Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies bursts into flames, 8 killed

A Tokyo-bound plane crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila on Sunday, killing all eight on board. All passengers on board Lion Air Flight RPC 5880 died after the plane caught fire as it was taking off from the airport, according to Manila’s International Airport Authority. […]

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Manila mall hostage-taker surrenders

A sacked security guard shot one person and took about 30 others hostage at a Manila shopping centre on Monday surrendered to authorities, ending a day-long standoff. The former guard walked out of the V-Mall where he was allowed to speak briefly to the press before heavily armed officers tackled and arrested him. Scores of […]

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Crops have turned gray in Philippines from ash spewed by Taal Volcano

Parts of the Philippines have turned gray after the Taal volcano spewed lava and ash into the sky this week. Thousands of people have fled the danger zone, as a massive eruption is awaited. The ash-fall that drifted from the volcano has damaged over $10.9 million worth of crops, the Department of Agriculture said, according to Reuters. […]

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Taal volcano crater completely disappeared after early explosive behaviour

The Taal volcano in the Philippines continued erupting on Thursday, albeit with less of the ash production seen earlier in the week. Scientists are monitoring the situation remotely, using ground and space instrumentation, to try to gauge what might happen next. The radar image on this page is the latest to come down from the Iceye […]

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Taal Volcano: Series of earthquakes fear fresh eruption

Tens of thousands of people have evacuated towns in the Philippines left covered in heavy grey ash by the eruption of a volcano, and the government  was planning to evacuate thousands more. The Taal volcano sent a plume of ash, steam and rock six to nine miles into the sky with a violent explosion on Sunday, and on Tuesday […]

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Taal volcanic eruption forces half a million people to flee in Philippines

Philippine authorities have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly half a million people near the capital Manila, after a volcano spewed ash up to nine miles (14 kilometers) into the air Sunday prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption.” The Taal Volcano, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of the capital Manila on the island of […]

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Taal volcano in the Philippines emits giant plume of ash

A volcano in the Philippines has emitted a giant plume of ash, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of some 8,000 people living nearby. The plume coming from the Taal volcano, south of the capital Manila, stretched about 1km (0.6 miles) into the sky. Rumbling sounds and tremors were also reported around Taal – the […]